The Daily Digest

Good morning, and welcome to the Daily Digest. Today, we start worrying about government shutdown 2.0, we sort through befuddling education spending numbers and we meet the “candidate whisperer.”

Around Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton’s first trade mission is missing a few business groups that traveled with Tim Pawlenty.

Jeff Anderson, who’s vying for the DFL nomination in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District has won the endorsement of Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, and Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing.

Voters in Brooklyn Center rejected a property tax increase to pay for schools.

Confused about all those education finance numbers? PoliGraph is here to help.

Senate Tax Committee Chair Julianne Ortman writes that lawmakers in St. Paul shouldn’t be blamed for property tax increases.

The University of Minnesota is looking for a new lobbyist.

Ken Moen, a trial attorney from Rochester, will run against Republican Sen. Carla Nelson.

New Census data shows that income declined and poverty edged up in Minnesota last year.

The Vikings Stadium

The Star Tribune reports that Minneapolis wants $30 million if the Metrodome is sold.

The House author of Vikings stadium bill says a voter referendum would kill the project.

In Washington

Another government shutdown is looming after Congress failed to pass a short-term spending bill to keep the lights on through mid-November.

A special committee set up to craft a debt reduction strategy is hearing a lot from lobbyists these days.

The Federal Reserve is using $400 billion to reduce interest rates and make loans more affordable.

The stock market didn’t take well to the news.

Officials and business leaders who want a new bridge across the St. Croix River are in Washington lobbying Minnesota’s delegation.

Sen. Al Franken is leading an inquiry into a company that scrutinizes the Internet activity of potential new employees.

Foreign Relations

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been released from an Iranian prison. Franken praised the move.

At the United Nations, President Barack Obama defended his opposition to Palestine’s bid for statehood. It’s a tough position for the President, writes the NYT’s Helene Cooper.

Complicating Obama’s stance on the issue is the Israeli government’s increasingly close relationship with the Republican Party.

On the Campaign Trail

Ever heard of Brett O’Donnell? He’s Bachmann’s candidate whisperer.

Former Sen. Norm Coleman has signed on to the Romney campaign.

During a campaign stop in Florida, Romney tried to identify with the middle class.

He’s got 41 percent of the vote among Republicans in New Hampshire. Bachmann has just 5 percent of their support.

Bachmann has made a well-known Iowa politico her communications director there.

She may struggle in Florida.

Jane Lynch (aka Sue Sylvester) told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell that Bachmann reminds her of the cheerleading coach she plays on Glee.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a campaign ad that looks a lot like Pawlenty’s epic TV spots. Maybe it’s because the same guy produced it… just guessin’.

Our fact-checking friends over at FactCheck.org point out that the ad’s claim about the nation’s poverty rate is false.

Meanwhile, Keep Conservatives United, a Bachmann-friendly political action committee, is airing this ad in Iowa.

But let’s be honest: this ad is still the best of the season, no?

Don’t Forget

The GOP presidential candidates debate tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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